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I am Joe Curcillo, The MindShark. Part mind reader, part lawyer, and wholly wanting others to be happy and successful!
I, like you, understand the importance of strong leadership and powerful communication. My career has been devoted to honing communication skills to become an effective trial lawyer explaining complex legal issues to juries. This venue taught me how to communicate with people from all walks of life.
I graduated from college with a degree in civil engineering resulting in an ability to plan strategically and thoroughly. I then went to law school and became analytical and a tad direct. All the while, I kept my entertainment business alive as a magician, then as mentalist and humorist. (I never sacrificed my sense of humor even during the most serious of courtroom presentations.)
I was a prosecutor for the first decade of my career, and a criminal defense lawyer the remaining two decades of my legal career managing my mid-sized firm.
In the1990’s, I founded Thought Emporium, LTD to provide a service to the community to improve communication skills and mindsets for associations and charities. I served as president of a two school boards and as president of my bar association. I have served in varying capacities with many other committees and charitable organizations.(Which led my daughters to sing… ♫ My Dad was bored, so he joined another board. ♫)
As I engaged in these endeavors, I learned the importance of defining goals clearly to get things done. Secondarily, I asked myself: To be effective, must meetings and learning sessions be boring?(As a law school professor, I found that boredom led to email reading, text messaging and grocery lists.)So, I merged my skills as a professional mentalist entertainer into every meeting. The ability to read people and understand human behavior fueled with fun and laughter made accomplishing tasks fun. What would you do if you could read minds? And don’t say, “Go to Las Vegas.” The buffets will ruin you!
In late 2017, I prepared to close my law firm. I questioned whether I was closing at the right time in my life. Fate answered. I received a plaque declaring me to be one of the 10 best trial lawyers in Pennsylvania. I also received an honor as one of the top mentalists in the world. I realized I was clearly at the top of both games, so I quit law. I could now share my lifelong journey to assist others in achieving their dreams… and have FUN doing it!
I am thrilled to have published two books Getting to Us: Discover the Ability to Lead Your Team to Any Result You Desire and What’s Your Freakin’ Point: How To Maximize The Impact Of Every Word You Speak. In early 2019,I published Don’t Be a Hamster: 30 Tips to Spark the Imagination of Busy People to assist others in balancing work and happiness in their lives
A Trial Lawyer/Law Firm CEO, a Business Advisor and a Mentalist Entertainer …